Turn of the millennium shirtless rap pioneer Ja Rule was released from a state prison in upstate New York today after serving most of a two year sentence for possession of an illegal gun. He was immediately sent to a holding facility in Oneida County, where he will wait while federal authorities decide where he will serve the remainder of a 28-month sentence for tax evasion. Via CBC:

The rapper, who had been in protective custody because of his celebrity, has some time remaining on a 28-month sentence for tax evasion.

Ja Rule, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, may have less than six months left and may be eligible for a halfway house, defense attorney Stacey Richman said. An order to pay $1.1 million in back taxes is one of the main reasons he wants to get back to work, she said.

“Many people are looking forward to experiencing his talent again,” Richman said.

Rule plead guilty to not paying taxes on roughly $3-million worth of income between 2004-06.

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